Traditional Chinese Medicine offers a variety of treatments which can seem a far cry from surgery and the medication centric treatments that we are accustomed to in the West. Most people have a basic understanding that Acupuncture somehow involves sticking needles in the body but what is Acupressure? How are these two procedures connected and how do you determine which of these two alternative treatments might be the best one for you?
Acupuncture vs Acupressure
The key difference between these two traditional types of treatments is the way that they are administered. Both procedures use certain points on the body’s energy channels; normally referred to as meridians, these are the pathways around which the life giving energy (chi) is thought to flow. By stimulating specific points on the meridians, any blockage to the natural flow of chi can be gently restored, allowing the body to return to its natural state of health and well-being. However, Acupressure seeks to achieve this without the use of one critical tool which has been linked to acupuncture for generations. Needles!
Instead of using needles which are inserted into special points on a person’s body, acupressure uses simple hand or finger pressure on the same points. This makes acupressure a particularly practical method of self-treatment that can be applied easily and almost anywhere.
The Ultimate Question: Do They Work?
There has been a considerable amount of research done into these fields of alternative medicine and both have been proven to be effective in many cases. Research has clearly shown that acupuncture can be particularly useful for the treatment of chronic pain. Recently it has been shown to be as effective as strong opiate pain killers in blocking pain, without carrying the risk of any unpleasant side effects. Similarly, acupressure can also be used to treat some of the many everyday conditions with similar results.
One thing is for certain, Acupressure is likely to be a better choice for you if you are afraid of needles!
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